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AUSTIN, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) - Texas families and advocates are battling against radical sex education created based on a pro-LGBT and abortion curriculum.
Austin Independent School District (AISD) conducted a public forum on Sept. 26 to discuss the revised sex education curriculum.
AISD had previously attempted to pass Planned Parenthood's "Get Real" curriculum but received backlash from the community as it violated Senate Bill 22, which prohibits local governments from contracting with abortion providers.
The new curriculum appears to be derived from a Canadian LGBT abortion provider, although the school board claims it was created internally.
AISD presented their new curriculum for review, and Austin community members tell Church Militant it is worse and violates moral and legal standards.
One source expressed:
I think this and many related efforts across the country are the brainchild of adult male perverts hoping to groom teenage boys for sex with men like them, and many useful idiots in our bloated school administrations are happy to go along with it in order to appear progressive and to benefit their own careers in the far left atmosphere of the education field.
Karen Thieme reached out to Church Militant and believes AISD is taking the common law practice of in loco parentis — "in the place of the parent" — too far:
[T]here is absolutely no precedence in in loco parentis that surrenders the parents' exclusive and inalienable right to be the primary and only educator of their child in any discussion, teaching or opinions of that child's sexuality, personal morals and religious beliefs. The public schools must stop all sex education curriculum and any inclusion of sex education into other subject matter curriculum. AISD is an example of the danger to the emotional, mental and physical health of vulnerable minors when this is done.
Supreme Court cases have involved in loco parentis when it comes to the disciplining of students, appearing in Lander v. Seaver (1859) which held that in loco parentis allowed schools to punish student expression that the school or teacher believed contradicted the school's interests and educational goals.
If this curriculum were to be enacted, the speech of Christian students could be suppressed for contradicting the school's teachings on interacting with LGBT students since students are graded on their role-playing.
The Austin school board and supporters of this curriculum claim parents who do not approve of their students taking these courses have the option to opt out. What continues to remain a mystery is what "social and emotional learning topics" will be taught.
Sources within AISD have expressed anonymously the school board is aware of the higher statistics of suicide among the LGBT community and feels accepting their identity is important for their mental health.
Ex-transgenders have addressed the Supreme Court with the statistics on suicide and said affirming transgenderism is dangerous, writing: "[F]ollowing reassignment surgery, transgenders experienced a three times higher-than-average rate of psychiatric hospitalization, a sharp increase in mortality as well as criminal convictions a dramatic increase in suicides, with transgenders 19 times more likely to kill themselves."
Ex-gays have attended the Freedom March in Washington, D.C., where they have shared their stories turning away from a homosexual lifestyle. They struggled with their sense of identity and gave proof to the scientific evidence opposing the notion of a gay gene.
Austin LifeGuard Director Corey Tabor said, "Austin LifeCare began as a pregnancy resource center in 1984 and Austin LifeGuard, the sexual risk avoidance program has been in existence since 1989. We have served various schools in Central Texas for 30 years now. We currently serve 15,000 students in 30 schools in eight school districts."
"The large majority of our students are choosing to remain abstinent until later in life or until marriage," he added. "The numbers vary based on district."
"We cover topics including puberty, the definition of sex, legal issues, pregnancy, fetal development, contraception, abstinence, boundaries, relationships, influences that influence teens, character, and choices," he said.
Tabor doesn't consider his organization "pro-life" by the definition of the term. The center does provide education on contraception without advocating for it.
More information on the SRA programs trained by Ascend can be found on their website.
Tabor said, "We were in AISD up until 2010 but the current school board as a resolution that they will only use a comprehensive or sexual risk reduction program. Until the composition of the board changes, it will be challenging to get into Austin ISD."
The Austin school board holds elections every four years with a five to four split in members. In 2020, the District 2, District 3, District 5 and At-Large Position 8 will be up for election with the remaining seats being up for election in 2022.
AISD did not respond to a media query with official comments by press time.